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How to Greet People on Passover

Happy Passover is always acceptable, but here are a few traditional greetings to try out over the holiday.

Is it OK to wish someone a Happy Passover? Absolutely, but there are a few traditional greetings that Jews will sometimes use when meeting one another on Passover or other holidays.

  • Gut Yontiff — Pronounced “Guht YON-tiff,” this traditional Ashkenazi expression is a Yiddishized version of the greeting “Good Yom Tov” (Yom Tov, literally “good day,” is a term used to refer to the major Jewish festivals). It can be used on Passover or any of the major holidays.
  • Chag Sameach — Pronounced “Chahg Sa-MAY-Ach,” this is a Hebrew expression that literally translates to “happy holiday” and is typically used for any celebratory Jewish observance, including minor holidays like Hanukkah and Purim.
  • Moadim l’Simchah — Pronounced “Moh-ah-DEEM Le-sim-CHAH,” this greeting is more common in Israel and among Sephardic Jews. It’s normally used to greet people on the intermediary days of Passover and Sukkot.

Want to increase your Passover vocabulary even more? Check out these must-know Passover terms.

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